The Case of the Disappearing Sperm: French Men’s Sperm Count Plummets over last 16 Years

The world is becoming an increasingly hostile place for the survival and persistence of masculinity, particularly with regards to male fertility and vitality. A deadly combination of estrogenic toxins in the food supply; harmful chemicals in the environment, and poor lifestyle is causing an ongoing and drastic reduction in men’s sperm counts, Continue reading

Herbs That Increase Semen Count

Today, there are scientifically engineered pills to cure a number of sexual ailments from erectile dysfunction to low sex drive. For those who are interested in taking a more natural approach to boosting their fertility, the good news is that certain natural herbs and tonics that–along with a healthy diet–have been known to increase sperm count. Many not only improve the quantity of sperm, they improve the quality of sperm, while boosting overall sexual health. Horny Goat Weed, for example, does just what you’d expect–it increases sperm count and revs up the libido. Continue reading

Warning: Why You Should Avoid Using Your Laptop as Recommended

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  • Use caution with any laptop use, especially if you’re a pregnant woman, and if you choose to use it on your lap, only do so with a lap pad or cushion that is about one foot thick
  • You may be able to lessen EMF exposure during laptop use by using an external keyboard (as even typing on your laptop may expose you to high EMFs) and only using it while it’s battery-powered, not while plugged in, Continue reading

Bill Gates Funds Technology to Destroy your Sperm

Mass vaccination is apparently not the only depopulation strategy being employed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as new research funded by the organization has developed a way to deliberately destroy sperm using ultrasound technology. BBC News reports that the Gates Foundation awarded a grant to researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) to develop this new method of contraception. Continue reading

Scientists Give Evolutionary Explanation for Fertility Problems

TEL-AVIV – The environmentalists blame pollution and psychiatrists people’s stressful lifestyles for fertility problems in about 10 per cent of all couples hoping for a baby, Tel Aviv University researchers have now come up with a different suggestion.

Dr. Oren Hasson, an evolutionary biologist in the university’s Department of Zoology, says that the reproductive organs of men and women are currently involved in an evolutionary arms race, and the fight is yet not over.

“The rate of human infertility is higher than we should expect it to be. By now, evolution should have improved our reproductive success rate. Something else is going on,” says Dr. Hasson.

The researchers combined empirical evidence with a mathematical model, and came to the conclusion that the bodies of men and women have become reproductive antagonists, not reproductive partners.

Writing in the journal Biological Reviews, Dr. Hasson points out that, over thousands of years of evolution, women’s bodies have forced sperm to become more competitive, rewarding the “super-sperm” – the strongest, fastest swimmers – with penetration of the egg.

The researcher further states that men, in response, are over-producing these aggressive sperm, producing many dozens of millions of them to increase their chances for successful fertilization.

However, according to Dr. Hasson, these evolutionary strategies demonstrate the Law of Unintended Consequences as well.

“It’s a delicate balance, and over time women’s and men’s bodies fine tune to each other. Sometimes, during the fine-tuning process, high rates of infertility can be seen. That’s probably the reason for the very high rates of unexplained infertility in the last decades,” the researcher said.

Dr. Hasson says that the unintended consequences have much to do with timing.

The researcher says that the first sperm to enter and bind with the egg triggers biochemical responses to block other sperm from entering.

This blockade is necessary because a second penetrating sperm would kill the egg, adds the researcher.

However, says Dr. Hasson, in just the few minutes it takes for the blockade to complete, today’s over-competitive sperm may be penetrating, terminating the fertilization just after it’s begun.

Women’s bodies, too, have been developing defences to this condition, known as “polyspermy”.

“To avoid the fatal consequences of polyspermy, female reproductive tracts have evolved to become formidable barriers to sperm. They eject, dilute, divert and kill spermatozoa so that only about a single spermatozoon gets into the vicinity of a viable egg at the right time,” says Dr. Hasson.

The researcher notes that any small improvement in male sperm efficiency is matched by a response in the female reproductive system.

“This fuels the ‘arms race’ between the sexes and leads to the evolutionary cycle going on right now in the entire animal world,” the researcher says.

According to Dr. Hasson, sperm have also become more sensitive to environmental stressors like anxious lifestyles or polluted environments.

“Armed only with short-sighted natural selection, nature could not have foreseen those stressors. This is the pattern of any arms race. A greater investment in weapons and defences entails greater risks and a more fragile equilibrium,” Dr. Hasson argues.

He says that infertile marriages can be stressful, but unlike birds, humans have the capacity for rational thinking.

He advises infertile couples to openly communicate about all their options, and seek counseling if necessary.

Surge In Infertility Tourism Leads to Viking Babies

LONDON – In vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a popular method by which women who are having trouble getting pregnant are able to use donor sperm to achieve pregnancy. In the UK, however, there is a shortage of donor sperm that is causing British women to have to travel to countries like Denmark in order to find some.

A 2005 British law change outlawed the donating of sperm anonymously. UK law also has a long-standing rule that prohibits men who donate from receiving any sort of monetary compensation. Because of these rules, and the fact that many men fear having to provide their identities with the donation because the children may eventually try to find and meet them, few British men are donating sperm these days. As a result, the waiting list to receive IVF in the UK is several years.

In 2007, Denmark changed its laws and now permits anonymous donors, which has led to a surge in foreign women coming there to receive IVF treatment. Danish donors are also compensated between $60 and $200 for their donations which has helped to facilitate a large number of casual donors. The Danish sperm bank, Cryos, is the largest sperm bank in the world and is a popular destination for “infertility tourists” seeking to have children.

Denmark is one of the few nations that allows anonymous donations as well as monetary compensation for them. For this reason, Danish clinics are flourishing with increased business. DanFert in Copenhagen more than doubled its IVF customers since 2007. Vita Nova in Copenhagen has seen a 40 percent increase in women seeking IVF from Britain alone.

Danish clinics also cater to single women who are trying to have children, a controversial scenario rejected by many other nations who aim to serve couples trying to conceive. Such liberal laws have attracted all sorts of women from around the globe who wish to bear children but are otherwise unable.

Because of the popularity of the program, Danish banks have begun opening up franchised fertility clinics in other countries that permit it, including in the US and India. In these countries, men who are looking to make some extra cash often donate to the clinic, a practice that has all but ceased in Britain due to the laws.

Many women are hoping that UK laws will once again allow for anonymous sperm donors. They believe it will help to increase supply and end the shortage that has prevented many women from receiving IVF there.